OCBC took positions and advocated on behalf of dozens of state bills throughout the legislative session. Posted below is a summary of how Orange County’s delegation ranks in order of support for OCBC positions on the 30 bills identified during the May 2011 “One Voice, Two Capitols” advocacy trip. The adjusted calculation is based on the number of times a legislator voted with OCBC, divided by the total number of times a legislator was present for a vote.
Of the original 30 bills that were identified for the May 2011 One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy trip, most of the bills opposed by OCBC (nearly 80%) were held or died in committee. There were 11 bills that were sent to the Governor and of those eight had final action taken by the Governor in alignment with OCBC’s position. Of the 26 bills, featuring those killed in committee or those where the Governor’s action was in alignment with OCBC’s position, totaled 23 giving OCBC a weighted success rate of 88%.
A higher success rate was found with the SQUIRREL legislation, currently at 92% with one bill still pending. OCBC had a 100% success rate with the “Killer Squirrel” legislation identified as the most damaging to business. All 7 of the “Killer Squirrel” bills died or were vetoed.
Ultimately, OCBC advocated on over 60 bills, including some key legislation that developed late in the session. OCBC also leveraged its advocacy efforts by working in coordination with other groups such as the Cal Chamber and the Regional Economic Association Leadership Coalition.